Dunnottar Parent Council was set up in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of the Scottish Schools
(Parental Involvement) Act 2006.
Aims and Purpose of the Parent Council:
- To work in partnership with the school to create a welcoming school that is inclusive for all parents
- To promote partnership between the school, its pupils and all its parents
- To develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils
- To identify and represent the views of parents on the education provided by the school and other matters affecting the education and welfare of the pupils
All parents are members of the Parent Forum and are welcome to attend Dunnottar Parent Council meetings.
The Parent Council is made up of parent members from the Parent Forum and co-opted members. Any parent of a child at the school may volunteer to be a member of the Parent Council. The Head Teacher of the school, whilst not a member, acts as adviser to the Council.
The maximum number of parent members is twelve. Best endeavours are made to ensure that within this number each stage of the school is represented along with school groups eg Health, ICT, PTA, Library and Eco Group.
In addition to the twelve parent members the Council also has three co-opted members. They are non-parent members and are there to assist the Parent Council with carrying out its functions. Co-opted members can include staff from the school and members of the local community.
Appointment of Members takes place at the Annual General Meeting. In the event of there being more than 12 volunteers, members are selected by ballot. If there are fewer than 12 volunteers, all are automatically appointed. Vacancies may be filled at any time after the Annual General Meeting should further volunteers come forward.
The Parent Council aims to meet at least once in every school term. Parents are welcome to contact any Parent Council member on any matter of general concern. Previous subjects of discussion have been road safety and parking outside school, school security, homework, school lunches and golden time as well as reports from school groups such as Eco and Health. Concerns of a more individual nature are probably better dealt with through direct contact with the Head Teacher.
Every meeting has an agenda with only these items being discussed. Items for the agenda need to be forwarded to the school office or any Parent Council member at least two weeks before the next meeting.
Meetings of the Parent Council are open to the Parent Forum, unless the Parent Council is discussing an issue which it considers should be dealt with on a confidential basis. In such circumstances, only members of the Parent Council and the Head Teacher can attend. For the avoidance of doubt the Parent Council does not discuss issues of a personal nature concerning individual school pupils.
Copies of the minutes of all meetings are available to all parents of children at Dunnottar Primary School and to all staff. Copies are available from the Secretary to the Parent Council, from the school office and are displayed on the noticeboard outside the school and via the school website.